Built these from last months Popular Woodworking magazine (third project
The "plans" were pretty complete with only one or two minor mistakes and the
project pretty much tracked. I ended up making a glue-up board for the
actual chess board glue-up(s) (I actually made four of them) and a sled for
cutting the splines in the miters. This was also the first time I've tried
cutting coves on a table saw and was pleasantly surprised at how they turned
out.. I'l be doing that again! If you add up the total time, I have about
ten full days into the four boards. This includes the "oops" time as well as
the time for finishing etc...
All in all a good technical project that turned out about as good as I'd
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Do what I did. I bought a JET mini pretty much just so I could make the
pieces for my next one myself.
I haven't figured out what I'm going to do about the knights though. I have
*some* hope of turning everything else eventually, once I get the hang of
it, but carving is a whole 'nother can of worms.
They'll need to be carved though. I'm aware of some of the things people do
to avoid having to carve the knights, but I want my knights right, and that
Anyway, nice chess box. The coved sides are interesting, as are the fancy
I just made one myself, but I can't photograph it until after Christmas.
I lined the whole interior with red velvet, and made one walnut- and one
maple-framed, velvet-covered tray for the pieces (which are plastic :( for
now...) The box itself is a bit plain. Just straight, flat pieces of
walnut that had some interesting "Jupiter's storm" figure in the middle,
joined with dowel-reinforced finger joints that are strong as hell but a
bit uninspired. I wussed out on all the inlay stuff I envisioned when I
conceived the project too. I decided to just finish it before I ruined it.
Coving is an interesting take on this, and one I'll file away. In the near
term, I'm going to have a play at doing contrasting wood stuff on the next
one. I think my new scroll saw will be my friend, and I have all kinds of
off the wall ideas for that.
I'm looking forward to making a lot of interesting chess boxes in the coming
year. I really like the concept for some reason, and I can't imagine what
I'd do with the top of a box if it didn't have a chess board on it. :)
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Sounds like you and I will one day be making the same project, chess
pieces. I expect to turn most of the pieces, however the Knights I may
do on the scrollsaw, with a turned base. I've been considering a
Nautical theme where the Knight would be a scrollsawed compound 3D
Seahorse, the Rook a Lighthouse, Bishop a Sailboat and Pawns any number
of nautical elements, Clam, Anchor, Starfish, Seashell, Seagull, not
sure which. King and Queen will be the hardest though as Neptune and a
Mermaid are beyond my capablities.
The table I thought of with a board perhaps inset would be a round ships
wheel and maybe a glass top over that.
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